x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Shikabala could be on the move again with Olympiakos interested

Shikabala, the former Al Wasl midfielder, could be set for a permanent transfer from Zamalek, with the Egyptian giants reportedly weighing up an offer from Greek side Olympiakos.

Shikabala may be on his way from Al Wasl, via Zamalek in Egypt, to Olympiakos in Greece.
Shikabala may be on his way from Al Wasl, via Zamalek in Egypt, to Olympiakos in Greece.

DUBAI // Shikabala, the former Al Wasl midfielder, could be set for a permanent transfer from Zamalek, with the Egyptian giants reportedly weighing up an offer from Greek side Olympiakos.

The mercurial winger spent six months earlier this season on loan at the Zabeel Stadium and was initially considered a success, scoring four goals in 14 Pro League appearances and proving hugely popular among the Wasl supporters.

However, his relationship with the Dubai club soured in January when he failed to report back for the resumption of the 2012/13 campaign. Shikabala had been allowed to return to Cairo the previous month after suffering a knee injury during Wasl's league match with Baniyas. He was subsequently released as Jussie, the Brazilian striker, was signed as his replacement.

It now seems Shikabala is on the move again as reports suggest Olympiakos have entered negotiations regarding a €3.5 million (Dh16.8m) deal. An agent thought to be working on behalf of the player told CNN that Zamalek are open to the switch.

Shikabala, 27, has a long history of disciplinary issues, both at club and international level, and it is believed that Jorvan Vieira, the current Zamalek coach, has made it clear to the club's board that the player is no longer part of his plans.

Zamalek officials are set to meet during the next few days to discuss the offer, which could see Shikabala line up for Olympiakos, the Greek champions, from the beginning of next season.

Shikabala has already played in Greece's Superleague, spending two seasons at PAOK from 2005.

 

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